Negligent Security? Our Legal Take: Teen Killed in Tampa Hotel Shooting
Did negligent security contribute to the tragic death of this young man and the injury of another? Read Our Legal Take to find out if the victim’s family may have a legal avenue for justice and a claim for compensation
A shooting at the Tampa Hotel reportedly claimed the life of 17-year-old Kelly Stacy, Jr. and left another young man injured Sunday afternoon, October 30, 2016. According to The Tampa Bay Times, gunfire erupted shortly before 3:00 p.m. “at the Tampa Hotel” on E Busch Boulevard. Mr. Stacy was tragically unable to recover from his injuries. “[Mr.] Stacy’s best friend was with him at the hotel and was shot three times,” per Tampa Bay Times reports. He was transported to the hospital. His current condition has not been released.
Police are reportedly still searching for suspects and a motive.
Our Legal Take
Hotel guests have a right to feel safe and secure on the property that they are visiting. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided at the hotel and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.
- What security measures, such as guest screening, ID-controlled entry, security patrols, and surveillance cameras, were in place to protect guests at the time of the shooting?
- Was the hotel management aware of prior incidents of violence and, if so, were any additional security measures implemented to protect patrons and deter crime?
Generally, property owners are required to protect all guests legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the hotel owner or manager failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the family of Kelly Stacy, Jr. may seek justice and elect to pursue a legal claim for his wrongful death. Additionally, the other young victim of this shooting may elect to pursue legal claims for his injuries.
Based upon its prior successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that the victim’s family retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
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